Restoring the Gulf of Mexico

Building a resilient Gulf Coast for birds and people

Roseate Spoonbills, American White Pelicans, Willets. Photo: Shane Conklin/Great Backyard Bird Count

What Coastal Bird Stewardship Looks Like

To make our coastal communities stronger and to protect habitat vital for birds and other wildlife, Audubon is recommending an investment of more than $1.7 billion dollars across the 5 Gulf states and regionally to fund a suite of 30 projects that are crucial to help the region’s birds recover.

Audubon scientists identified over 8 million acres of suitable habitat for priority bird species across the Gulf that should be prioritized for restoration and conservation. These habitats include barrier and bay islands, headland beaches, intertidal bars and flats, and saltwater marshes and range from south Texas to the Florida panhandle.

Audubon's presence in the Gulf

4 state or coastal  offices
71 chapters
118,000 members
94 staff
19 nature centers and sanctuaries
5 states participating in coastal stewardship programs
641 coastal stewardship and Audubon coastal bird survey sites

Black Skimmers. Photo: Bob Howdeshell/Great Backyard Bird Count

Audubon Gulf Coast Leadership

Karen Hyun

Karen Hyun

Vice President, Coastal Conservation

Kara Fox

Kara Fox

Director, Gulf Coast Restoration

Brian Moore

Brian Moore

Vice President, Gulf Policy

Suzanne Langley

Suzanne Langley

Vice President and Executive Director, Audubon Texas

Karen Profita

Karen Profita

Vice President and Executive Director, Audubon Louisiana

Sarah Pacyna

Sarah Pacyna

Coastal Bird Stewardship Program Manager, Audubon Mississippi

Ansel Payne

Ansel Payne

Executive Director, Alabama Audubon

Julie Wraithmell

Julie Wraithmell

Vice President and Executive Director, Audubon Florida

David O'Neill

David O'Neill

Chief Conservation Officer and Senior Advisor to the CEO

Olga Bellido De Luna

Olga Bellido De Luna

Vice President, Development for the Southeast Flyway, the Gulf, and International

Charles Allen

Charles Allen

Community Engagement Director

Charlotte Runzel

Charlotte Runzel

Policy Analyst, National Audubon Society

Rachel Guillory

Rachel Guillory

Coastal Communications Manager

Birds That Depend on a Healthy Gulf